Continuing our predictions for E3 2018 after our Sony predictions, it’s time to give Microsoft a turn. Microsoft has had some success with the Xbox One X and the launch of Xbox Game Pass. Rare’s Sea of Thieves has released and is supposedly their best game launch ever. Studio MDHR’s Cuphead finally released last year to rave reviews and State of Decay 2 hits stores on Friday. That said, Microsoft still has a lot to prove at the show this year. They may have the most powerful console on the market, but they still need stronger first party support. Maybe this will be their year to show off some great new games to really push the Xbox One X hardware. Here are GotGame’s predictions for Microsoft at E3 2018.
1. Halo 6 Reveal
Let’s be honest. Halo 5: Guardians, while not a bad game, still left a bad taste in the mouths of some fans. The lack of split-screen co-op, the addition of AI partners in the campaign, and the direction of the story had fans feeling a bit disappointed. 343 Industries hopes to fix these issues with a sequel. Already promising the return of split-screen and a Master Chief focused story, Halo 6 could be very promising.
It might not make it to the show floor as playable, but Microsoft needs their flagship franchise to appear. They need to give their fans hope that a strong first party title is coming. Halo 6 being published by Microsoft, also means it would appear on Game Pass on day one. This could be a big hit for Microsoft and their subscription service. Fans that might have been burned by Halo 5 might use Game Pass to take a chance with Halo 6. Either way, whether played through Game Pass or purchased off store shelves, Halo 6 will give Microsoft exactly what they need.
2. Gears of War 5
Halo isn’t the only big gun that Microsoft has in their arsenal of franchises. The Gears of War franchise is yet another iconic Xbox series that is due for another entry. The Coalition’s Gears of War 4 released back in 2016, so a new game could easily be upon us. Starring the son of Marcus Fenix, J.D., Gears of War 4 follows him as he fights against a new threat.
The game was left open-ended and showed potential in continuing the series. This could be another game that showcases the Xbox One X from the ground up. The original Gears of War 4 was already a very good looking game. Whether the game continues to star J.D. or Marcus is up in the air, but either way, Gears of War 5 could be just what the doctor ordered.
3. Forza Horizon 4
Despite the Walmart leak showing a Forza Horizon 5, the odds of a fourth entry are very high. Forza has become an annual franchise, with Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon alternating each year. While there have been rumors that Playground Games has been working on another game, It’s hard to believe they would skip a year of this successful franchise.
The only question would be the location for Forza Horizon 4. The first game took place in Colorado, the second in Southern Europe, and the third in Australia. That’s three different continents represented so far. A solid option for a fourth game would be Japan, with large developed cities and traditional Japanese architecture being an excellent change of scenery. There’s a lot of potential with the series and what bold new direction it can take.
4. The Last Night Detailed
Like Cuphead before it, Microsoft had another visual treat shown at last year’s E3. The Last Night, a new indie game from developer Odd Tales, takes pixel art to an all new level. Utilizing real time lighting and depth of field effects, The Last Night perfectly showcases how a retro style could evolve. Starting originally as a flash game made in only six days, the full title really has come a long way.
We should expect to see more details on this title as it managed to get the attention of a lot of viewers last year. It’s also worth mentioning that news on the game has been scarce outside of a controversy involving the developers. Regardless, there is clearly a talented team working on this and The Last Night may be a title deserving to be on everyone’s radar.
5. New Dead Rising Title
Capcom Vancouver has mostly made just Dead Rising titles while part of the company. With the exception of the sun-setting Puzzle Fighter, it seems that the purpose for that could be a new Dead Rising game. After Dead Rising 4 released in 2016 as an Xbox One timed exclusive, Capcom Vancouver added to the zaniness with the Capcom Heroes mode. They also released the game on PC and PlayStation 4.
While a Dead Rising 5 might be too soon, the series has been known to have side stories. What with Dead Rising: Case 0, Case West and Off the Record, a spin-off isn’t too unusual. The series also tends to lean toward the Xbox, so E3 would be the perfect place to announce a new title. Perhaps we could even get a title that tells us what happened to Nick from Dead Rising 3.
That’s it for our Microsoft predictions for E3 2018. Do any of our predictions seem likely? Let us know in the comments and tell us your own predictions. Stay tuned tomorrow for our Nintendo predictions.